GAME: Mariners (23-31, 3rd, AL West, – 9.0 GB) at White Sox (30-22, 1st, AL Central, +1.5 GA. GAME #: 55. SERIES: 2nd of 3 games. MEETING: 5th (White Sox lead 4-0). WHEN: Saturday, 1:10 p.m., U.S. Cellular Field, Chicago. PROBABLE PITCHERS: RHP Hector Noesi (Seattle, 2-6, 5.01) vs. RHP Gavin Floyd (Chicago, 4-5, 5.02). STREAKS: Mariners L 1; White Sox W 9. TV: ROOT Sports, MLB TV. RADIO: KIRO 710 (Seattle), Mariners Radio Network.
After Friday’s 7-4 loss to the White Sox, stoked by Michael Saunders’ two-base error in the eighth inning that led to three unearned runs (fly ball popped him in the face, giving him a shiner), the Mariners are 2-15 at U.S. Cellular Field since 2008 and 3-20 against the White Sox over the past three seasons.
In an attempt to reverse that miserable trend, the Mariners Saturday will send Hector Noesi to the mound. Coming off a loss to the Los Angeles Angels, he opposes Gavin Floyd, who’s having his own problems with a 5.02 ERA. A closer look at the probables:
MARINERS: RHP Hector Noesi (2-6, 5.01 ERA, 1.14 WHIP)
The 25-year-old Noesi, in his second major league season and first with the Mariners, is making his 11th start and second against the White Sox. He is coming off a 4-2 loss to the Los Angeles Angels.
A native of Esperanza, Valverde, Dominican Republic, the 6-3, 200-pound Noesi was signed as an amateur free agent by the New York Yankees in 2004.
Noesi made his major league debut May 18, 2011 for the Yankees against the Baltimore Orioles. The fifth Yankees reliever, he collected the win by working four innings, allowing four hits, no runs and fanning four.
Noesi became a Mariner Jan. 23 when he was traded by the Yankees, along with Jesus Montero, to Seattle for Jose Campos (minors) and Michael Pineda, an All-Star starter.
Noesi, who appeared in 30 games for the Yankees, making two starts, has a career record of 4-8, 4.75 ERA and 1.32 WHIP.
- LAST START: May 27 at Safeco Field, suffered a 4-2 loss to the Angels; allowed three earned runs on five hits over 8.0 innings; fourth quality start of the season; did not strike out a batter and issued two walks.
- LAST VS. WHITE SOX: April 20 at Safeco Field, lost 7-3; raked for six earned runs on six hits in just 1.1 innings; struck out one, walked two and gave up a home run (Adam Dunn).
- CAREER VS. WHITE SOX: 0-1, 27.00 ERA in two games, including one start, covering 2.1 innings; all seven runs earned; two strikeouts to two walks.
- AT U.S. CELLULAR FIELD: 0-0, 9.00 in one relief appearance; faced four batters, allowed one home run in 2011.
- LOVES/HATES TO FACE: Noesi has faced six members of the White Sox. Adam Dunn is 3-for-3 with a home run.
- CURRENT WHITE SOX VS. NOESI: 7-for-13, two home runs, two strikeouts.
Noesi / 2012
- April 9 (L, 0-1): Shelled for seven earned runs in 3.0 innings in an 11-5 loss to the Rangers.
- April 14 (W, 1-1): Collected his first win as a Mariner by working 8.0 IP, allowing five hits and no runs in a 4-0 win over Oakland; fanned six, issued one walk and recorded 17 fly-ball outs vs. five ground-ball outs; 100 pitches, 68 for strikes.
- April 20 (L, 1-2): Didnt make it past the second inning in a 7-3 loss to the White Sox at Safeco Field; allowed six earned runs on six hits; one home run.
- April 26 (ND, 1-2): Gave up four runs on five hits over 5.0 innings and allowed one home run; threw 77 pitches, 49 for strikes.
- May 1 (L, 1-3): Allowed three runs on three hits in 5.2 innings in a 3-1 loss to the Rays; struck out one and walked three, throwing 84 pitches, just 46 for strikes; allowed one home run.
- May 6 (W, 2-3): Defeated Nick Blackburn and the Twins 5-2 at Safeco Field; allowed one earned run in 7.0 innings; struck out five, walked three and one home run; threw 105 pitches, 73 for strikes.
- May 12 (L, 2-4): Lost to the Yankees 6-2; allowed five earned runs on six hits in 7.0 innings; struck out four and walked none; two home runs, including one to former Mariner Raul Ibanez.
- May 17 (ND, 2-4): At Cleveland, received a no-decision in Seattles 6-5 loss; allowed one run on five hits over 6.1 innings; struck out five and walked three; Mariners had a 4-0 lead in the seventh but lost in extra innings 6-5.
- May 12 (L, 2-5): At Safeco Field, suffered a 3-1 loss to the Texas Rangers; allowed three earned runs on three hits over 8.0 innings; struck out seven, walked two in a 102-pitch effort, 66 for strikes.
- May 27 (L, 2-6): At Safeco Field, suffered a 4-2 loss to the Los Angeles Angels; allowed three earned runs on five hits over 8.0 innings; fourth quality start of the season; did not strike out a batter and issued two walks.
WHITE SOX: RHP Gavin Floyd (4-5, 5.02 ERA, 1.24 WHIP)
The 29-year-old Floyd, in his ninth major league season, and sixth with the White Sox, will be making his 11th start of the 2012 season and his first against the Mariners. Floyd is coming off a 12-6 win over the Cleveland Indians.
A native of Annapolis, MD., the 6-6, 235-pound Floyd was selected by the Philadelphia Phillies in the first round (fourth pick) of the 2001 amateur draft.
Floyd pitched in the Philadelphia system until Sept. 3, 2004, when he made his major league debut in an 8-1 win over the Mets. Floyd collected the victory, allowing one earned run on four hits in 7.0 innings.
Floyd went 2-0 over the 2004 season and went up and down from the majors to the minors through 2006. On Dec. 6, 2006, the Phillies traded Floyd and Gio Gonzalez to the White Sox for former Mariner Freddy Garcia.
Floyd has recorded double figures in wins in each of the past four seasons. He had his best year in 2008, when he won a career-high 17 games (17-8) with a 3.85 ERA in 206.1 innings.
Since joining the White Sox, Floyd has gone 55-55, 4.24. Floyd has a career mark of 62-60, 4.53 ERA.
- 2012: Floyd has pitched into the seventh inning in just three of his 10 starts. He had his best outing May 11 vs. Kansas City when he did not allow an earned run in a 5-0 win. Floyd has been shelled in his past three outings, allowing 21 earned runs in 14.2 innings.
- LAST START: May 27 vs. Cleveland, defeated Chicago 12-6 despite allowing five earned runs on five hits; struck out four, walked none, throwing 91 pitches, 61 for strikes.
- LAST VS. MARINERS: Aug. 28, defeated Mariners 9-3 at Safeco Field; allowed two earned runs on five hits over 7.1 innings; struck out six, walked none, allowed one home run (Josh Bard).
- CAREER VS. MARINERS: 4-4, 4.44 ERA in 14 games, including 12 starts, covering 73.0 innings; has 50 strikeouts to 20 walks; averages 6.2 strikeouts per nine innings; six home runs.
- AT U.S. CELLULAR FIELD: 30-23, 4.16 ERA in 74 games (71 starts) covering 456.0 innings; averages 7.6 strikeouts per nine innings with a 1.226 WHIP; 57 home runs.
- LOVES TO FACE: John Jaso (0-for-6, .000 BA), Justin Smoak (2-for-16, .125 BA), Michael Saunders (1-for-7, .143 BA).
- HATES TO FACE: Ichiro (13-for-36, .361 BA), Mike Carp (1-for-3, .333 BA).
- CURRENT MARINERS VS. FLOYD: 37-for148, .250 BA, 2 home runs, 25 strikeouts.
AL WEST STANDINGS
MARINERS / STATS NOTES
- CURRENT ROAD TRIP: Three at Texas, three at Chicago White Sox Friday-Sunday, three at Los Angeles Angels Monday-Wednesday.
- MARINERS VS. WHITE SOX: Mariners 183-216 all-time vs. White Sox, including 42-69 at U.S. Cellular Field.White Sox swept in a three-game set April 20-22 at Safeco Field. Mariners have not won a season series from Chicago since 2009, and haven’t had a winning record in the Windy City since 2007. Seattle’s last series sweep in Chicago came May 2-4, 2003. Chicago last swept Seattle at home April 23-25, 2010.
- LATEST: After rallying from a 4-0 deficit Friday to tie the score, Michael Saunders’ two-base error in the eighth led to three unearned runs and a 7-4 Seattle defeat. “Just a lazy line drive to center. Just kind of moved on me at the last second and I guess everyone saw I got hit in the face,” said Saunders . . . The Mariners entered the game with the highest field percentage in the majors . . . If the Mariners hadn’t rallied to tie the score, Felix Hernandez would have suffered his fourth loss in five starts . . . Fernandez, who tweaked his back when he slipped on the mound, surrendered a season-high three home runs. He’s 1-3, 6.14 ERA in his past five outings . . . Kyle Seager, who hit third, has gone 9-for-15 with four doubles and a home run in his past three games . . . Ichiro, who did not play in the 21-8 win at Texas Wednesday, returned to the leadoff spot Friday and went 1-for-5 with a run scored . . . Mariners selected RHP Stephen Pryor from AAA Tacoma and transferred LHP George Sherrill to the 60-day disabled list (recovering from elbow surgery).
- SEASON SUMMARY: Series Record: Won 8, Split 0, Lost 9 . . . Sweeps: 2; Swept: 3 . . . Longest Win Streak: 4 (April 24-27, May 18-21); Longest Losing Streak: 7 (April 28-May 4) . . . Vs. Divisions: vs. AL East: 2-10; vs. AL Central: 8-10; vs. AL West: 10-11; vs NL West: 3-0 . . . Biggest Lead: 1.0, April 7; Farthest Behind: 11.0, May 28 . . . Most Runs Scored: 21, at Texas May 30 (21-8); Most Runs Allowed: 11, April 9 at Texas . . . Walk-Off Wins: 1, May 7, first since Sept. 14, 2011 vs. New York, and first via a sacrifice fly (John Jaso) since Sept. 14, 2007 vs. Tampa Bay (Jose Guillen); Walk-Off Losses: 1, May 17, at Cleveland, Carlos Santana bases-loaded single off League in 11th . . . Times Opponent Shut out: 3; Times Shut out by Opponent: 6; Comeback Wins: 4; Largest Comeback: 3; Blown Leads: 17; Largest Comeback: 3.
- BATTING: Mariners rank ninth (AL) in runs (222), 11th in hits (426), seventh in doubles (92), first in triples (11) and 10th in home runs (47) . . . Rank 13th in batting average (.234), 13th in on-base percentage (.295), 12th in slugging (.375) and 13th in OPS (.670) . . . batting 106-for-438 (.237) with runners in scoring position after going 3-for-11 Friday . . . out-homered 61–47 . . . left 325 men on base, opponents 322 . . .scored 222 runs, opponents 217 . . . scored 120 of 222 runs in the first four innings . . . Mariners 20-8 when scoring 4+ runs . . . Mariners have homered in 23 of last 36 games . . . batted around six times: April 7 at Oakland (4th inning), April 9 at Texas (1st), April 17 vs. Cleveland (4th), May 29 at Texas (8th), May 30 at Texas (2nd and 3rd).
- BATTING EXTRA: Longest Hitting Streak: Dustin Ackley, 13 games, May 3-17 . . . Four-Hit Games: Ichiro, March 28 vs. Oakland; Justin Smoak, April 17 vs. Cleveland; Jesus Montero, May 1 at Tampa; Kyle Seager, May 30 at Texas . . . Grand Slams: Michael Saunders, April 27 at Toronto; Alex Liddi, May 23 vs. Texas . . . Back-To-Back Home Runs: Jesus Montero, Justin Smoak, 3rd inning, May 20, at Colorado . . . Notable: Kyle Seager’s single in the fourth inning April 17 marked the 50,000th hit in Mariners’ history; Brendan Ryan’s walk in the same frame scored Justin Smoak with the 25,000th run in franchise history . . . Montero’s 13 RBIs in April were the most by a Mariners’ rookie since 1986.
- PITCHING: Mariners rank seventh in ERA (3.98), fifth in hits allowed (428), eighth in runs allowed (223), ninth in home runs allowed (61), sixth in walks (153), ninth in strikeouts (372) . . . Felix Hernandez has 17 career no-decisions while throwing 7.0 or more innings and allowing one or fewer runs . . . Nominal closer Brandon League is 0-4 with nine saves and four blown saves . . . Mariners starters have recorded 10 games with at least 8.0 IP.
- ICHIRO (1-for-5 Friday) has 768 multi-hit games, which ranks fourth among active players, and No. 1 since his debut in 2001. Ichiro’s 47 games with four or more hits leads all active players . . . Three-hit game April 30 marked the 226th of his major league career . . . Ranks 97th on career hits list (2,486) and needs four to tie No. 96 Fred McGriff (2,490) and nine to tie No. 95 Mickey Vernon (2,495) . . . Has recorded 99 outfield assists. Only Jeff Francouer, with 100, has more . . . With 96 career home runs, needs four to become the 12th Mariner with 100. Breakdown: 94 as a leadoff hitter, one batting second, one batting third.
- ODDS/ENDS: Mariners have two more bobblehead nights: June 15 (Felix Hernandez), July 28 (Dan Wilson and Randy Johnson).
- DEBUTS: Munenori Kawasaki (April 7), Lucas Luetge (April 7), Erasmo Ramirez (April 9), Hisashi Iwakuma (April 20).
- DISABLED LIST: George Sherrill (15-day, April 13, strained flexor bundle), Franklin Gutierrez (15-day, March 28, torn pectoral muscle; plantar fascitis), Adam Moore (15-day, March 28, fractured wrist).
- EX-MARINERS VS. CURRENT MARINERS: April 19, Jack Hannahan, Indians, 2-run single in ninth off Brandon League in Tribe’s 2-1 win; April 28, Brandon Morrow, Blue Jays, one earned run over 7.0 innings in 7-0 win; May 11, Raul Ibanez, Yankees, 3-run homer off Felix Hernandez in 6-2 win; May 12, Raul Ibanez, Yankees, solo homer off Hector Noesi in 6-2 win; May 15, David Ortiz, Red Sox, solo homer off Blake Beaven in 5-0 Red Sox win; May 16, Shin-Soo Choo (3), Asdrubal Cabrera (2) and Jose Lopez (1) combine for 6 hits in 9-3 Cleveland win; May 17, Casey Kotchman (2), Cabrera (2), Jose Lopez (1), Choo (1) six of Cleveland’s 10 hits, plus 5 RBIs, in a 6-5 win.
2012 RECORDS / MILESTONES
- April 24: Catcher Miguel Olivo matched the franchise record when he was charged with three passed balls in a 7-4 win at Detroit. Jerry Narron let three balls get by him Oct. 4, 1980, and Jeff Clement did likewise Aug. 10, 2008 (Clement was catching knuckleballer R.A. Dickey).
- April 27: Michael Saunders joined Donnie Scott (April 29, 1985) and Jimmy Presley (April 8, 1986) as the only Mariners to hit two home runs in a game in the ninth inning or later (solo homer in the 9th, grand slam in the 10th).
- April 30: When both Miguel Olivo and Jesus Montero homered, it marked the first time in franchise history that two players had homered in the same game as a catcher.
- May 2: Ichiro set a club record for most putouts by a right fielder in a nine-inning game, registering 10 in a 5-4 loss at Tampa.
- May 3: The Mariners featured a lineup at Tampa Bay that included seven left- handed hitters and two switch-hitters. It marked only the third time in club history that the Mariners used an all left-sided lineup. Others: Aug. 13, 1983 at California and Aug. 9, 1983 at Oakland.
- May 5: Combined one-hitter by Felix Hernandez and Steve Delabar vs. Minnesota was the 13th in Mariners history. Ten have been thrown by one pitcher, three combined. Most recent combined: Michael Pineda, Jeff Gray and Brandon League vs. Tampa, July 30, 2011. Most recent by one pitcher: Jarrod Washburn, July 6, 2009.
- May 9: When John Jaso batted leadoff against Detroit, it marked the first time since 1978 that a catcher had hit first for the Marines (Bob Stinson). Oddly, lefty Jaso led off against Tiger lefty Drew Smyly.
- May 8: Kevin Millwood’s 2-0 shutout marked his first in nearly nine years. He did not surrender his first hit until there were two outs in the sixth. Millwood’s gem marked only the fourth time in 1,440 games at Coors Field that an opposing pitcher held the Rockies to two hits or less while shutting them out. Millwood’s complete game also was the first by a Mariner in 2012.
- May 27: The pinch-hit grand slam allowed by Felix Hernandez to Alberto Callaspo marked just the sixth against the Mariners in 35 years, and the first since May 6, 1988 when Pat Sheridan of Detroit hit one off Mike Jackson.
- May 30: Mariners defeated Texas 21-8, just the third time in franchise history they have scored 20 or more runs in a game. The Mariners, with 20 hits, became the first team since 1880 to score 20 runs in a game in the same season it also go perfect-oed.
MARINERS WON-LOSS BREAKDOWN
|Rec.||Home||Road||Day||Night||vs. RHP||vs. LHP||Hit HR||No HR|
MARINERS BATTING PROFILE
MARINERS PITCHING PROFILE
|6/2||Sat||at CWS||Hector Noesi (2-6, 5.01) vs. Gavin Floyd (4-5, 5.02)|
|6/3||Sun||at CWS||Kevin Millwood (3-4, 3.56) vs. Chris Sale (6-2, 2.34)|
MARINERS 2012 SCHEDULE/RESULTS
|Gm.#||Date||Opp.||W/L||Rec.||Win / Loss|
|1||3/28||at Oak||W, 3-1||1-0||W: Wilhelmsen (1-0); L: Carignan (0-1)|
|2||3/29||at Oak||L, 4-1||1-1||W: Colon (1-0); L: Kelley (0-1)|
|Gm. #||Date||Opp.||W/L||Rec.||Win / Loss|
|3||4/6||at Oak||W, 7-3||2-1||W: Vargas (1-0); L: McCarthy (0-1)|
|4||4/7||at Oak||W, 8-7||3-1||W: Hernandez (1-0); L: Colon (1-1)|
|5||4/9||at Tex||L, 11-5||3-2||W: Darvish (1-0); L: Noesi (0-1)|
|6||4/10||at Tex||L, 1-0||3-3||W: Feliz (1-0); L: Beavan (0-1)|
|7||4/11||at Tex||W, 4-3||4-3||W: Luetge (1-0); L: Nathan (0-2)|
|8||4/12||at Tex||L, 5-3||4-4||W: Holland (1-0); L: Vargas (1-1|
|9||4/13||vs Oak||L, 4-0||4-5||W: Colon (2-1); L: Hernandez (1-1)|
|10||4/14||vs. Oak||W, 4-0||5-5||W: Noesi (1-1); L: Milone (1-1)|
|11||4/15||vs. Oak||W, 5-3||6-5||W: Beavan (1-1); L: Godfrey (0-2)|
|12||4/17||vs. Cle||L, 9-8||6-6||W: Perez (0-1); L: Furbush (0-1)|
|13||4/18||vs. Cle||W, 4-1||7-6||W: Vargas (2-1); L: Lowe (2-1)|
|14||4/19||vs. Cle||L, 2-1||7-7||W: Tomlin (1-1); L: League (0-1)|
|15||4/20||vs. CWS||L, 7-3||7-8||W: Sale (2-1); L: Noesi (1-2)|
|16||4/21||vs. CWS||L, 4-0||7-9||W: Humber (1-0); Beavan (1-2)|
|17||4/22||vs. CWS||L, 7-4||7-10||W: Danks (2-2); L: Millwood (0-1)|
|18||4/24||at Det||W, 7-4||8-10||W: Vargas (3-1); L: Scherzer (1-2)|
|19||4/25||at Det||W, 9-1||9-10||W: Fernandez (2-1); L: Wilk (0-3)|
|20||4/26||at Det||W, 5-4||10-10||W: Furbush (1-1); L: Porcello (1-2)|
|21||4/27||at Tor||W, 9-5||11-10||W: Furbush (2-1); L: Perez (2-1)|
|22||4/28||at Tor||L, 7-0||11-11||W: Morrow (2-1); L: Millwood (0-2)|
|23||4/29||at Tor||L, 7-2||11-12||W: Alvarez (1-2); L: Vargas (3-2)|
|24||4/30||at TB||L, 3-2||11-13||W: Howell (1-0); L: League (0-2)|
|Gm. #||Date||Opp.||W/L||Rec.||Win / Loss|
|25||5/1||at TB||L, 3-1||11-14||W: Moore (1-1); L: Noesi (1-3)|
|26||5/2||at TB||L, 5-4||11-15||W: Shields (5-0); L: Beavan (1-3)|
|27||5/3||at TB||L, 4-3||11-16||W: Niemann (2-3); L: Millwood (0-3)|
|28||5/4||vs. Min||L, 3-2||11-17||W: Pavano (2-2); L: Wilhelmsen (1-1)|
|29||5/5||vs. Min||W, 7-0||12-17||W: Hernandez (3-1); L: Marquis (2-1)|
|30||5/6||vs. Min||W, 5-2||13-17||W: Noesi (2-3): L: Blackburn (0-4)|
|31||5/7||vs. Det||W, 3-2||14-17||W: Delabar (1-0); L: Dotel (1-1)|
|32||5/8||vs. Det||L, 6-4||14-18||W: Verlander (3-1); L: Millwood (0-4)|
|33||5/9||vs. Det||W, 2-1||15-18||W: Vargas (4-2); L: Putkoen (0-1)|
|34||5/11||at NYY||L, 6-2||15-19||W: Kuroda (3-4); L: Hernandez (3-2)|
|35||5/12||at NYY||L, 6-2||15-20||W: Hughes (3-4); L: Noesi (2-4)|
|36||5/13||at NYY||W, 6-2||16-20||W: Millwood (1-4); L: Pettitte (0-1)|
|37||5/14||at Bos||L, 6-1||16-21||L: Lester (2-3); L: Vargas (4-3)|
|38||5/15||at Bos||L, 5-0||16-22||W: Beckett (3-4); L: Beavan (1-4)|
|39||5/16||at Cle||L, 9-3||16-23||W: Jimenez (4-3): L: Hernandez (3-3)|
|40||5/17||at Cle||L, 6-5||16-24||W: Smith (4-1); L: League (0-3)|
|41||5/18||at Col||W, 4-0||17-24||W: Millwood (2-4); L: White (0-3)|
|42||5/19||at Col||W, 10-3||18-24||W: Vargas (5-3); L: Friedrich (1-1)|
|43||5/20||at Col||W, 6-4||19-24||W: Beavan (2-4); L: Guthrie (2-2)|
|44||5/21||vs. Tex||W, 6-1||20-24||W: Hernandez (4-3); L: Darvish (6-2)|
|45||5/22||vs. Tex||L, 3-1||20-25||W: Harrison (5-3): L: Noesi (2-5)|
|46||5/23||vs. Tex||W, 5-3||21-25||W: Millwood (3-4); L: Feldman (0-2)|
|47||5/24||vs. LAA||L, 3-0||21-26||W: Haren (2-5); L: Vargas (5-4)|
|48||5/25||vs. LAA||L, 6-4||21-27||W: Isringhausen (1-0); L: League (0-4)|
|49||5/26||vs. LAA||L, 5-3||21-28||W: Williams (5-2); L: Hernandez (4-4)|
|50||5/27||vs. LAA||L, 4-2||21-29||W: Wilson (5-4); L: Noesi (2-6)|
|51||5/28||at Tex||L, 4-2||21-30||W: Harrison (6-3); L: Delabar (1-1)|
|52||5/29||at Tex||W, 10-3||22-30||W: Vargas (6-4); L: Feldman (0-3)|
|53||5/30||at Tex||W, 21-8||23-30||W: Beaven (3-4); L: Holland (4-4)|
|Gm. #||Date||Opp.||W/L||Rec.||Win / Loss|
|54||6/1||at CWS||L, 7-4||23-31||W: Jesse Crain (1-0); L: Shawn Kelly (0-2)|